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Local Families Make Global Impact Through Operation Christmas Child – Drop-Off Sites Open November 18-25

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Shoebox distribution at Iglesia Apostolica de la Fe en Cristo Jesus in Mazatlan, Mexico Photo Courtesy of Samaritan’s Purse

This month, sites in the St. Cloud and Kissimmee areas will be among 5,000 U.S. drop-off locations collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, held November 18-25.

Osceola County families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty shoeboxes into fun gifts filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The Samaritan’s Purse project partners with local churches across the globe to deliver these tangible expressions of God’s love to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. For many of these children, it will be the first gift they have ever received.

This year, Osceola County-area residents hope to collect more than 5,000 gifts to contribute to the 2019 global goal of reaching 11 million children.

“I love seeing the local community rally together for a global impact,” said Regional Director Anita Burns. “We see all ages getting involved – and more and more every year.”

Area Collection Sites Include:

· Canoe Creek Christian Church, 4080 Pine Tree Drive St. Cloud FL 34772

– Nov. 18, 21, 23, 25: 10am – 12pm

– Nov. 19, 22: 1pm – 3pm

– Nov. 20: 6pm – 8pm

– Nov. 24: 9am – 12pm

· Grace Community Church, 5501 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway St. Cloud FL 34771

– Nov. 18 – 23: 10am – 12pm

– Nov. 24: 1pm – 3pm

 – Nov. 25: 10am – 12pm

· Life Church, 2269 Partin Settlement Road Kissimmee FL 34744

– Nov. 18 – 21: 10am – 12pm, 6pm – 8pm

– Nov. 22: 10am – 12pm, 5pm – 8pm

– Nov. 23: 2pm – 8pm

– Nov. 24: 2pm – 6pm

– Nov. 25: 10am – 12pm

· Iglesia de Dios Manantial de Vida, 1600 Mabbette Street Kissimmee FL 34741

– Nov. 18 – 24: 5pm – 8pm

– Nov. 25: 8am – 10am

· Casa de Fe y Bendicion, 1485 Mill Slough Road Kissimmee FL 34744

– Nov. 18 – 19: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

– Nov. 20 – 22: 5pm – 7pm

– Nov. 23 –  25: 9am – 11am

· New Birth Church at Pleasant Hill Academy, 140 Pompei Drive Kissimmee FL 34758

– Nov. 18 – 22: 4pm – 6:30pm

– Nov. 23: 9am – 12pm

– Nov. 24: 2pm – 4:30pm

– Nov. 25: 9am – 11am

For more information on how to participate in Operation Christmas Child, call 407-273-6112, or visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

Participants can donate $9 per shoebox gift online through “Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse.org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement.

Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 168 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.